SWFAS Cape Coral Office Celebrates 20 Years
SWFAS staff and board members will celebrate the 20-year anniversary next month of the Cape Coral office of SWFAS, where thousands of Cape Coral residents have started on the road to recovery. An open house is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 1105 Cultural Park Blvd. Tours and refreshments will be served as well as remarks from SWFAS leadership. “We are excited to show the progress we’ve made in serving the people of Cape Coral over the past two decades,” said SWFAS CEO Kevin B. Lewis. The Cape Coral facility was built with state funds and dedicated November 10, 1991, when it was owned by another treatment program, Outreach, Inc. Three years later, Outreach closed its doors and reached an agreement for SWFAS to assume Outreach’s debt and ownership of the building as long as it was used for treating those with substance use disorders. The facility is built on land owned by the City of Cape Coral under a land lease. More than 7,100 youngsters and adults have since passed through its doors to receive assessments and access outpatient substance abuse treatment and classes in anger management and violence diversion. Juvenile Drug Court participants also attend weekly counseling sessions as a court-ordered alternative to a detention center while parents attend weekly therapy sessions. “We recognize the need for more services in Lee County’s largest city so we’ve gladly made space available in our building for other non-profits,” Lewis said. More than a dozen agencies now offer services from the SWFAS facility either full-time or part-time under its additional designation as a United Way House. Agencies that offer services at the United Way House include Lee Mental Health Center, Lee County Juvenile Drug Court, Literacy Volunteers of Lee County, Children’s Advocacy Center, CCMI and its Everyday Café and Marketplace, Lutheran Services of Florida, NAMI, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and various substance abuse recovery groups. “Cape Coral residents now can access everything from food and job searches to mental health and substance abuse counseling without leaving Cape Coral,” Lewis said. SWFAS is Southwest Florida’s leader in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. More than 6,000 people per year, from ages 9 to 90, start on the road to recovery with the nationally-acclaimed programs of SWFAS. SWFAS offers state-of-the-art residential and outpatient facilities for both adults and adolescents from five locations in Lee County and two in Hendry County. In addition, SWFAS provides detoxification services for adults, prevention programming, and an Employee Assistance Program for about 60 Southwest Florida businesses. All treatment programs are evidence-based and accredited by CARF. SWFAS services are not free. Payment plans are available and, in many cases, private insurance may cover some of the cost of treatment. Some prevention and treatment services are partially supported by Lee County and state funding to help income-eligible residents. SWFAS is a United Way agency. For more information about the open house, call 772-1211. For more information about SWFAS, visit www.swfas.org.
United Way House
1105 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990